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Feature I'd like: Lock image

Aug 29, 2012, 01:01
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Feature I'd like: Lock image
A feature I would like for GIMP is an option to lock the image file so it can't be saved.

See, to keep my images available to be printed in the future, I work in my images as large files with many layers, and often the final version I share is much smaller. So before I export it to the images I post online I need to merge all the visible layers, scale it, and crop the image.

I often worry that I might carelessly save the image somewhere in that process. I might hit control-S out of habit, or even by accident when trying to hit control-Z or control-D. If I ever do, I will have just destroyed the file. I will not be able to go back in and make tweaks and corrections, and if it was scaled, I won't even have it available in a size I can print from.

That's why I'd like an option to enable a lock inside GIMP. Once I have the image ready, I could save the file and enable a lock. Then, while I am free to make changes and export the image, I will not able to save any changes, so I don't need to worry about accidentally saving changes that I didn't want to keep.
And of course, if I do go back and make a correction to the original xcf file, I could go into the options and unlock the file and save it again. Or perhaps select a "Save and re-lock" option from the menu.
The point being that I can enable a feature that makes control-S inert, so I don't save something I didn't mean to. I image "save and lock" would produce a confirmation window, too.

This would be a setting I would want saved into the file itself, so if I open the file later I don't have to enable the locking again.
As I think about the logistics, it should probably be just a "Save and Lock" option and an "unlock" option. Thus, it will save the lock into to the file, and the way to save it once locked is through the save-and-lock option again.
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